At least, it is most of the time. This trip has been spent more with family, however, for several reasons, among them, my parents’ 60 wedding anniversary.

The photo is of me teaching and reporting at the Acton congregation in Michie TN, last Wednesday, May 6.

It had been a while since we’d been to Acton, so it was good to catch up with them. We also enjoyed some time with long-time friends Nor and Linda Hagy, spending that night with them before going to Henderson the next day to see our kids.

Nor told us he had been appointed an elder in the congregation, as well as having left his job for semi-retirement. He continues to serve as treasurer.

Leila and her roommate Emili came to Acton for my report, since the congregation is about 45 minutes from FHU. They also went back to Nor and Linda’s home with us and visited a while before returning to campus.

“For the benefit of the Lord’s cause, many godly men and their respective families travel to areas of the world completely foreign in order to help but a few plant the seed of the word (Luke 8:11), doing what they can to water, leaving to God for the plant’s growth (1 Cor. 3:6). Let us pray for foreign missionaries, and let us do what we can to support them in their work (cf. Rom. 15:24). A most important work it is.” —Sent Preachers | etsop95.

Salvation MessageA physical cure is little hope for man, so Jesus forbade people to reveal his identity. First, because they did not understand properly who he was and what his mission was. Second, because the greatest power was not in the miracles, but in his message and, later, in his death for eternal salvation. Continue reading

Maybe it was one of those quick, lightning prayers. Or perhaps he was sharing, in a last-ditch effort to motivate to obedience, what he had already prayed. In either case, the content of his prayer was clear:

Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time  not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.”
Acts 26.29 NET Continue reading

* Is it my impression or has the Internet’s short attention span given new life to quotations? Blog software even has a specific button to set them off in special type. I’m still waiting for the resurgence of couplets.

* For a fine collection of quotes from a single author, and no mean writer, mostly about, of all things, economics, go here. If time is money, and life is time …

* Here’s one of those quotes, a sad truth that has profound implications for those who preach a religion principally of the mind: “The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.” Continue reading

No little attention is being given to the news that American churches of Christ stopped growing over the past several years. It should be noted that numbers is but one gauge of spiritual health of congregations. With that caveat, it’s not hard to discern the causes, once modern practices are placed beside Scripture.

First, many churches have lost their mission. Budgets are showing increases in benevolence and disaster relief at the expense of the preaching of the gospel. The former are now classified as missions. Supposedly, the former are done with saving souls in mind, but they are ineffective and few have strategies implanted to take advantage of opportunities of evangelism. Continue reading